WUSA9 Investigative Reporter, Russ Ptacek, outside of Tara Thai in Bethesda.
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- One of DC's most popular oyster bars and one of Bethesda's best known Thai restaurants are among six DMV restaurants ordered closed for serious health violations.
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Health inspectors temporarily closed Hank's Oyster Bar at 1624 Q Street, NW; Bandolero on M Street, NW; Tara Thai Cafe on Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland; Good Fortune Cafe at 237 Kentlands Boulevard, in Gaithersburg, Maryland; Ten Ren's Tea Time at 7418 Baltimore Ave, College Park, Maryland; and Café Luna on P Street, NW.
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All the restaurants have passed re-inspection and are back in business.
Dupont Circle Restaurant Cited With 22 Violations
Inspectors closed Café Luna on P Street, NW citing 22 critical violations, including gross unsanitary conditions, potentially hazardous food stored at improper temperatures, a fly infestation and unclean food contact surfaces that may endanger the public's health.
Georgetown Restaurant Closed For No Hot Water
In Georgetown, inspectors closed Bandolero for not having hot water at the required 110 degrees.
Officials also cited Bandolero for storing cold foods at improper temperatures that put consumers at risk of being sick: beef patties at 45 degrees and blue cheese at 49 degrees.
Oyster Bar Closed For No Hot Water
On Q street, NW, inspectors closed Hank's Oyster Bar for critical unsanitary conditions. Officials cited the oyster bar noting unclean food contact surfaces throughout the kitchen, filthy cutting boards and no adequate hot water.
Rodent Droppings and Live Roaches In Restaurant
Inspectors closed Tara Thai on Bethesda Avenue for operating with a rodent infestation and cited 18 violations including multiple live roaches seen in the kitchen and rodent droppings found on food contact surfaces.
Officials inspected the restaurant not only once, but twice, citing mice droppings on shelves in the kitchen, fruit flies in the bar area and rodent droppings in the storage area.
Tara Thai told WUSA9 it was closed for not having pest control reports ready on time and they have changed the pest control schedule from every two weeks to every week.
Chinese Restaurant in Kentlands Closed For Sewage Back-up
In Gaithersburg, inspectors closed Good Fortune Café on Kentlands Boulevard for operating with a sewage back up in the kitchen.
During the café's re-inspection, officials cited the restaurant
with an additional 14 violations.
Good Fortune Café told WUSA9 employees were clearing a slow moving drain just as inspectors arrived and there was no flooding. They also said they've taken action to correct the other violations, apologizing, saying "We take food safety very serious."
College Park Ten Ren Tea Time Closed For Mouse Infestation
In College Park, inspectors closed Ten Ren's Tea Time citing inoperable refrigeration and a mouse infestation.
During Ten Ren's re-inspection, officials observed, the mouse infestation has not been controlled based on fresh mouse droppings and the reach in refrigerator is holding temperature greater than 41 degrees.